One of the joys of doing a senior session is having a beautiful senior photography wall portrait to remind you of your child.
If you are talking about the dent your 16-year-old made in your car last night or you are talking about a spider, 8x10 is really big.
But, if you are talking about a wall portrait, 8x10 may be too small for the impact that you want to make.
If it's a full length portrait, your child's head will be about the size of a postage stamp. This may work for where you want to put it or it may not.
I think one of the reasons people think an 8x10 portrait is large is because this size is the largest the school photographers sell. Plus, if it's a headshot, some people don't like it much bigger than that.
Here are some ideas on what size to choose for your portraits:
- If you are hanging a portrait above a piece of furniture, consider that it should look great from a few feet away from you. You probably won't ever be up close to it.
- If you are hanging a portrait in a hallway, chances are you can get right up to it so smaller portraits often work well.
- Framed pieces that hang above a mantel should be fairly large (16x20 or larger) because they are inherently farther away and higher than eye level.
- Consider a grouping of portraits to fill a larger space. Using the same frame unifies the look. Or hang them closer together without the interruption of a frame by purchasing gallery wrapped portraits.
- A random arrangement of a grouping can work well for more casual décor.
- Square portraits or other unusual sizes are interesting because they are out of the ordinary.
- For traditionally decorated rooms that are more formal, a canvas portrait has a very upscale look.
- Framing is important. You never want a frame to detract from the artwork; instead you want it to complement it. Also, the style of the frame needs to agree with the style of the room it will hang in.
- Instead of a frame for a gift print, consider having the portrait mounted on a rigid board and using a simple stand.
- Some people like a mat (also spelled matte) between the frame and their portraits. A mat allows for space between the portrait and the frame. It also keeps the print away from the glass, which is important, especially in areas with high humidity.
- A series of smaller portraits can be unified by using a mat (with multiple openings) and frame. An odd number of prints usually works best.
- Consider the scale of the furniture you are hanging your portrait over or beside. A single 8x10 over a sofa will get lost.
A lot of these ideas are a matter of taste. It's fun to experiment and give yourself permission to try something different. The great thing about wall portraits is that you can easily move them if you don't like where they are.
One reason I run my senior portrait business the way I do is that I like to work closely with families to help them choose wall portraits that work with their style, budget, and decor. We talk about specific locations in the home where a wall portrait would look good. I take measurements and photograph the area to serve as a reminder.
Would you like your very own gorgeous piece that you will walk by every day, stop, and remember? What a lovely way to honor your child.
Call Studio You Portraits at 214.783.9691 or email Dawn@StudioYouPortraits.com to ask questions or set up your session. I look forward to hearing from you!